Shuffle

I won an iPod Shuffle (old version) yesterday. My office had an IT Open House, in which they showcased all of the services that the IT Department offers. To win a prize, one had to answer a bunch of questions, the answers to which could be found by speaking to the various people at the promotional tables. After your card had all the answers, and it was checked by IT Services staff, your name would be entered in a drawing. The big prize of the drawing was a Blackberry. The second biggest prize was a GPS. Third were the iPod Shuffles. The rest of the prizes consisted of gifte certificates to various places.

The last question asked what services they could offer in the future, and I requested that they allow us to install Opera or Firefox to browse the internets. I don’t think it will happen, but I asked anyway.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you might remember my first foray into the MP3 player world with my purchase and subsequent return of the MoboBLU cube MP3 player.

I haven’t really been in the market for a new one, since much of my focus for about six months was research into a buying a small gaming laptop (still nameless).

Now that I am one of the Apple iClones, I have to get down with this iTunes business. I’m not too keen on installing a programme on my computer just so that I can move songs from my hard drive to the iPod. There isn’t a good reason to me that I should not be able to simply drag and drop my MP3s from one place to the other. It’s irritating.

I am not fond of the idea of buying music on iTunes, either. I will be refraining from that service. I prefer to have physical CDs. If I lost my entire digital music collection, where would I be? I’d have to spend hundreds of dollars replacing those songs. With CDs, sure, there could be a fire and my collection could melt or something, but that’s less likely than having my hard drive fail and all data being wiped out. Case in point: my hard drive went bad earlier this year, and I had to replace it. No data was lost in the transition from old to new, but the scenario was a distinct possibility.

Now that I have this iPod, I need to fill it will music. Some of my Japanese pop and rock music will probably go in there. At some point, I will switch that out and put in my favourite videogame music remixes. My Shuffle holds 512MB, so not a lot of space in which to cram songs. That’s fine, though. I got the iPod for free after all.

  5 comments for “Shuffle

  1. 14 September 2006 at 14:37

    If you’re going to spend money on digital music, then make sure that your insurance policy not only covers the cost of replacing your computer and iPod, but also the cost of replacing any music that you’ve purchased but have only in digital format. Most policies won’t cover data value.

  2. 15 September 2006 at 07:01

    I actually prefer having my music digitized. I’ve got backups, so I’m not too afraid of failure … and plus I don’t lose them anymore. I just imported my FSOL ISDN disc, which I’ve lost thrice and bought twice … and actually sighed a bit of relief.

    Course, I don’t listen to much music away from home. I’ve got about half a gig’s worth on my phone. I burn the occasional mix for the car.

  3. 15 September 2006 at 21:31

    Cool that you won something for free–but not cool that you have to use itunes. :(

    You have me all interested at the mention of JPop and Rock–what are some of your favorite bands?

  4. 16 September 2006 at 01:10

    Let’s see… Some of the artists I like (in no particular order):

    X Japan
    L’Arc~en~Ciel
    Ayumi Hamasaki
    Gackt
    Glay
    Yoko Kanno (not pop, but she is a fantastic composer)
    the Indigo (I didn’t know about them until I met them and saw them perform at Otakon 2005, and I loved their music a lot)
    Two-Mix
    Hikaru Utada
    Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    T.M.Revolution
    Siam Shade

    I think the majority of these artists have been featured on anime or videogame soundtracks at some point, and this is how I became interested in Jmusic. Basically, I like most music that has a nice melody, and catchiness doesn’t hurt either. I dislike music that is too harsh or sounds like noise (e.g. most drum and bass that I have heard, a lot of industrial music). I tend to buy at least one or two Jmusic CDs (sometimes these will be anime compilations) a year, and I will experiment with unfamiliar artists based upon hearing clips or a few songs of their work before buying their albums.

  5. 22 September 2006 at 10:05

    Thanks for that list. I only knew a couple, so I can’t wait to check the rest out!

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